Katy Perry, an enormously popular entertainer with nearly 86 million followers on Twitter, was curiously absent from the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night — but for good reason. For but one glorious evening, Perry traded the musical world of pop for that of country to participate in the duet of a lifetime with Chief Justice of Country Music Herself, Dolly Parton. Hey, if we had the opportunity to sing "Jolene" with the woman who originated "Jolene," we'd also have jumped ship.
For the occasion, Perry turned to her longtime designer pal, Jeremy Scott, to create the cheekiest country get-up of them all, complete with a bedazzled Western belt, fringed detailing and banana yellow patent cowboy boots. It was over-the-top, blindingly colorful and more than a bit campy — i.e., what Scott does best. A release tells us the ensemble is technically "Jeremy Scott Couture," and whether intentional or not, Perry matched Parton so well, we had to look up whether Scott dressed her, too. (He didn't.) You can watch the pair — whom Scott deemed "#bosombuddies" on Instagram — sing their medley of "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene" and "9 to 5" below, in a video that comes courtesy of Vulture:
Earlier, Perry hit the red carpet with Scott as her date, wearing pink cowhide cowboy boots, a cropped sweater and an edged-up, metallic blue variation on the classic skirt suit. The Moschino designer himself even wore a subtle tribute to Parton, posting on Instagram that his jacket was an "homage to her coat of many colors."
What a night, y'all.
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